Olds Mouthpieces

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Olds Mouthpieces

Post by ranttila » Sun Jun 03, 2018 9:05 pm

I’ve seen some Olds mouthpieces on EBay and I was looking for a size chart, but I can’t seem to find any. Does anyone know how the Olds tenor trombone mouthpieces are sized as far as rim diameter and depth? If anyone has played on an Olds mouthpiece it would be nice to know how they compare to and how they perform compared to the Denis Wicks and Schilikes of modern day.

If you do know how they are sized I was looking at an Olds 8S and an Olds 3C if anyone knows those mouthpiece measurements specifically.

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Re: Olds Mouthpieces

Post by Posaunus » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:14 pm

As far as I know, Olds mouthpieces were all made to fit the unusually small Olds trombone receivers, so will have a shank smaller than standard small-shank and perhaps a slightly different taper. That means that they will drop farther into the receiver of a non-Olds trombone, and might not work as well as a standard small-shank mouthpiece. The popular sizes for Olds were 3 (their "universal" small-bore piece) and 1 (for their [slightly] larger-bore instruments with F-attachments). The large-bore pieces I am familiar with are the Olds 15 and Olds 20 (for Olds trombones such as the O-15, O-23, and O-25) which are also optimized for the slightly smaller-than-standard Olds large-shank receivers.

I do have an Olds mouthpiece marked 12C, which seems much like a small-shank Bach 12C, except with an Olds shank. It plays just fine on a vintage small-bore (0.485"/0.500") Olds trombone - rather like an Olds 3. As far as the 8S and 3C pieces, I have no knowledge, but do believe that they are very rare beasts. Olds expert JohnL may know more about these, so should be invited to weigh in.

In general, I would see no reason (other than curiosity) to explore these Olds mouthpieces unless you have an Olds trombone - especially when there are literally dozens of mouthpieces which will better fit standard small-bore trombones, from (current and former) manufacturers such as Bach, Blessing, Conn, Courtois, Curry, Faxx, Giardinelli, Giddings, Hammond, King, Klier, Laskey, Lindberg/Conn, Marcinkiewicz, Schilke, Stork, Wick, Yamaha, Doug Elliott, ...
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Re: Olds Mouthpieces

Post by JohnL » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:07 pm

Here are the only published specs that I can recall seeing:


Here is the info converted to text:
No. 1-Large bore, deep cup, for bass trombone. 1-inch cup diameter and .250-inch throat.
No. 2~-Wide cup dance model. Medium shallow cup 1-inch in diameter with .246-inch bore. Excellent high-register mouthpiece.
No. 3-This is a mouthpiece of average proportions, furnished regularly on Olds trombones. Has ,984-inch cup, medium shallow, with .237-in. bore.
No. 4--Semi cushion, high-register "recording" model with .968-inch cup, rather shallow, and .237-inch bore
No. 5-Wide flat rim, .938-inch diameter, medium shallow with .234-inch bore. Excellent soloist model.
No. 6-Cushion rim model; narrow, shallow cup ,938-inch diameter and .242-inch bore. Extreme high-register model.
As far as small shank, Olds also produced a 1★, a 3C, and a 12C.
In large shank, there are:
15 - about 6.5AL size
20 - about 5G size
G - George Roberts model; about 1.5G size
21 - pretty sure this is the G rebadged after Olds and GR parted ways.

You might see a 10 or an 18 being sold as small shank trombone mouthpieces. The 10 is a baritone horn mouthpiece and the 18 is a baritone bugle mouthpiece.

There was a whole different sizing system up until around 1938 or so.
No. 7 - For high register and solo playing.
No. 8 - Standard medium, as furnished with Olds instruments.
No. 9 - Special "lonq range" design, for featured players.
No. 10 - Medium bore with special muscle fitting rim for rapid technique.
No. 11- Large bore, for big tone and heavy volume.
From that era, I've also seen mouthpieces marked 8S, SYM, and N.V. (I suspect the last is someone's initials).

Notice that both systems have a size 10, but it's pretty easy to see which is which when looking at the mouthpiece.
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